Professional & Spectator Sports
Canadian Biathlon Championships (Randy Lincks photo)
While British Columbians are known for their active lifestyles, they also take time to cheer on the home teams – and there are plenty of them.
Vancouver supports professional hockey, football, soccer and lacrosse teams. There are also hockey teams in all regions of the province. Catch professional skiing at Whistler each year as well as one of North America's premier mountain-biking events. Penticton is home to one of Canada's oldest triathlon events. And of course, BC was the host province for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games!
Famous BC Athletes
British Columbia has produced many world-class athletes in sports ranging from basketfall to alpine skiing. A few notable examples are: Steve Nash, NBA MVP and point guard for the Phoenix Suns; Nancy Greene Raine, an alpine skier named Canada's Female Athlete of the 20th Century; Ross Rebagliati, the first-ever Olympic gold medallist in snowboarding; and Simon Whitfield, a champion Olympic triathlete.
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